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Michael Bennett sits during the National Anthem one day after ex-Seahawks teammate Marshawn Lynch did the same

QB  Colin Kaepernick gets company …..

Not surprising in lieu of the action’s in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend…

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.

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Michael Bennett is taking a stand, by sitting down.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end followed Colin Kaepernick’s and Marshawn Lynch’s lead by sitting on the Seahawks’ bench during the National Anthem prior to the team’s preseason game Sunday night.

Bennett sat down with a towel over his shoulders while the rest of the team stood up in front of the team’s bench. A number of Seahawks players also locked arms.

Bennett said while he has respect for the military, he wants to raise awareness of social injustice and racism that is still prevalent in the United States, he told reporters after the Seahawks’ preseason win over the Chargers.

Marshawn Lynch sits during National Anthem before preseason game

“First of all I want people to understand that I love the military,” Bennett said, via ESPN. “My father’s in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots or oppression…..

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Pro Soccer’s appeal grows in America….

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Soccer was always a good sport for kids in that it requires just a ball and and  a field, and its supposed to be a contact sport….Any kid can play…Doesn’t matter what size, shape or even sex….

But as the sport is featured more on TV and cable?

And more people from other places move to America and keep their interest for the sport?

It’s allure moves up in America….

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was having a moment.

On a sunny morning in mid-July, Garber arrived in Nashville to meet with politicians, business leaders and sports executives eager to bring an M.L.S. team to the city. The two-day fact-finding mission was part of a 12-city tour being conducted by Garber and his deputy, Mark Abbott, to determine which of the dozen cities will be chosen as home to the two expansion teams M.L.S. plans to approve this year.

Already Garber had been greeted by a marching band in Cincinnati and by fans waving giant cardboard cutouts of his face in Sacramento.

So for Garber, who stood at the lectern in Nashville, the latest warm reception seemed as much a validation as an opportunity. He had taken over a struggling 12-team league in 1999 and contracted it to 10 clubs two years later to stave off its collapse. Now, the league is executing a plan to grow to 28 clubs by 2020, and interest in professional soccer in the United States — in M.L.S. and far beyond it — has surged.

Instead of seeing teams fold or move, the league has investors ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expansion fees and stadium construction. The new stadiums, the new sponsors, the new players emerging from the league’s new academy programs “empower anyone running a sports league,” Garber said.

“But really my favorite part of the job,” he added, “are days like this.”

Days like this have become a big part of Garber’s job in recent years. The pace of M.L.S. expansion has been dizzying; the league added at least one team a year from 2007 to 2012, and with the next round, it will have doubled in size in a decade. The league’s 23rd team, Los Angeles F.C., will begin play next season, and, after years of delays, the former star player David Beckham and a group of investors look set to receive approval for another one in Miami…..

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NFL wives bond to help each other after the crowds are gone…

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The spotlight and marketing of the National Football League action is what we all see…

But the game , that gives fame and fortune exacts its toll on the players and Yes…Their wives and families….

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The wives have begun to use social media to reach out to comfort , support and educated each other…

The women’s hunger for information is a sign of their husbands’ uncertain journey into retirement, when players are left to deal with injuries, depression and a lack of structure.

The conversations may not be easy, but many women on the page are reassured when they find out they are not alone.

“I didn’t even know what was wrong with my husband, and I didn’t know any wives,” said Janet McCoy, whose husband, Mike, played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers and died in February 2016 after battling dementia. “What is fantastic about this site is that now I have been able to help other wives and validate what they were going through.”

Lately, one of the most frequent topics is the N.F.L. settlement with players who sued the league for concealing the dangers of concussions. Players started registering in February for the settlement, which will pay players with severe cognitive and neurological problems up to $5 million each, and the pace of questions about the deal has quickened with the approach of the registration deadline on Monday.

More than 18,000 of the estimated 21,000 retired N.F.L. players or their representatives have registered, and tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to players so far. Nesbit has posted many notices encouraging women to sign up their husbands, and given the page’s wide access, she may have ultimately prompted hundreds of players to register.

The wives and partners, then, are critical in these cases because they can help players overcome their fears. More broadly, they are a crucial link to players who sometimes vanish as they move to new cities, get busy with their families and start new careers.

“I said if we get the information to the wives, we can get to the husbands,” Nesbit said, as her cellphone pinged with alerts. “It was long, long overdue.”…

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Did Trump just call his home a “DUMP”?

Yea , he DID,…. according to a Golf Magazine  piece on the guy and his Golf game….

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During election season, Bedminster morphed into a kind of permanent campaign rally site. Trump posters and bumper stickers were plastered across the property, and an anti-Hillary shrine was built in a bar in the men’s locker room. The club held a Ryder Cup–style competition in which the teams wore either red or black Make America Great Again hats. At most other golf courses in America the TV is tuned to Golf Channel, on mute, but throughout last summer and fall, the television in Trump Bedminster’s shop was on Fox News, with the sound blaring. As President, Trump has already made four visits to the club. He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool; it was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it’s the only wall Trump has successfully built. Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: “That White House is a real dump.” (A White House spokesperson denies this occurred.) Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him. Last November, the President-elect hosted a cocktail reception and dinner at Bedminster on the same weekend that he was holding interviews at the club with candidates for his Cabinet. At the dinner, Trump addressed the members of the club by saying, “This is my real group. You are the special people. I see all of you. I recognize, like, 100% of you, just about.” Then he issued an open invitation to drop in on his Cabinet interviews the next day….

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Anytime Donald Trump plays Golf at HIS Golf course?

He makes money from the American taxpayers who pay for his security and support efforts….

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Los Angles will get the 2028 Summer Olympics….

…from the LA Times….

After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have reached a deal to host the 2028 Summer Games under terms they hope will generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues.

The agreement will bring the Olympics back to Southern California for a third time, after Los Angeles hosted in 1984 and 1932. It also opens the door for the 2024 Games to be held in Paris.

“It has been certainly a roller coaster,” L.A. bid chairman Casey Wasserman told The Times, adding that IOC officials “showed a real willingness to be thoughtful and creative.”

Initial reactions to the revised contract between the city and the IOC were mixed.

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What is up with Kyrie Irving?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers basket ball player wants out from the NBA winning team that stars Lebron James?

Please understand….

Lebron James IS the franchise….

Every player in the NBA would do just about anything to play alongside LeBron James and experience the accompanying trips deep into the playoffs.

Every player, that is, except for Kyrie Irving.

News broke Friday — first reported by ESPN.com and later confirmed by The Washington Post and others — that Irving has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and, in doing so, is willing to step away from that coveted role of playing next to LeBron.

So what gives? First, it should be noted that this isn’t exactly a surprise. There has been tension among the Cavaliers since James returned to Cleveland — a move that came less than two weeks after Irving committed to a five-year max contract extension on the opening night of free agency in 2014. When Irving signed that deal, both he and the Cavaliers envisioned him being the face of the franchise.

Then James decided he wanted to go back to Northeast Ohio, and the plans to feature  Irving understandably were set aside. It has worked out beautifully — Irving has thrived playing next to James, winning a championship, becoming a shoe-selling star and being the face of the upcoming version of NBA 2K.

But what’s clear now is that Irving’s desire to be the face of a franchise has never gone away, and after three years biding his time, he doesn’t want to wait any longer……

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Will the Knicks Anthony end up playing with Lebron in Cleveland?

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According to ESPN, Anthony has told the New York Knicks he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause to go to northeast Ohio.

Anthony, the ten-time All Star, found himself the target of ex-Knicks President Phil Jackson’s frustrations. Jackson said in April that the Knicks had been unable to win with the 33-year-old and that Anthony would be “better off somewhere else.”

Anthony is reportedly keen on joining James, in a move that would make the Cavaliers even more of an overwhelming favorite to advance out of the East.

But it may not be as easy as James clicking his fingers. The Rockets’ bold move for Paul has put the NBA on notice and Anthony would also be interested in joining Paul and James Harden….

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Phil Jackson leaves the NY Knicks….

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The thrill is gone from Jackson’s Rep….

The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson announced Wednesday morning that they mutually agreed to part ways.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Knicks owner James Dolan said via statement. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”

Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.

Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony has two years worth more than $54 million remaining on his deal…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand wins two more Races; Moves to Match Point

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Morning all!
The Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand moved within one victory of claiming the 35th America’s Cup after winning Races 7 and 8 on Sunday afternoon in Bermuda.
They won both Starts and Defender Oracle Team USA was never allowed to get back into the Races.
Roundup here:
My Thoughts
Oracle Team USA Helmsman & Skipper Jimmy Spithill sounded like a beaten man in his Interview after Race 8.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton Day 4 LIVE BLOG

Afternoon all!
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I guess this is it. If the Americans want to have any chance of retaining their Cup they have to win two Races today. For New Zealand it’s quite simple: They need to win 3 more Races. Can Oracle Team USA built on yesterdays Race 6 win, can Emirates Team New Zealand get to Match Point?
Preview of Day 4 is here:
Stick around to find out!
Crew Lists Race 1
Oracle Team USA
Skipper/Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician/Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Louis Sinclair
Grinder — Kinley Fowler
Grinder — Ky Hurst
Emirates Team New Zealand
Helmsman/Tactician — Peter Burling
Skipper/Wing Trimmer — Glenn Ashby
Cyclor/Foil Trimmer — Blair Tuke
Cyclor — Andy Maloney
Cyclor — Josh Junior
Cyclor — Simon van Velthooven
The Live Blog starts the moment this piece is uploaded.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA fights back; Emirates Team New Zealand still leads 4-1

Oracle Team USA, right, and Emirates Team New Zealand split two America’s Cup races on Saturday. The Kiwis lead, 4-1, in the first-to-seven series. CreditMike Segar/Reuters
Morning all!
After a 5-Day Break the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton resumed on Saturday with both Teams getting a WIN. What was obvious yesterday the American Defenders have sped up their Boat significantly to match the Kiwis Speed. Oracle lost the first Race of the Day by having gotten two Penalties. The first one of the Starting Line when they crossed it too early and the second one by not keeping clear after the Kiwis dialed them down on the first upwind Leg.
Race 6 was the tightest Race of the Series thus far with the leads changing multiple times during the 7 Leg Course with Oracle Team USA coming away with an 11 Secs win.
America’s Cup Day 3 Round-Up here:
My Thoughts
It looks like we might have a boat Race now but I think the early lead the Kiwis have had after the first weekend will stand. I think Oracle Team USA has run out of time this year.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton Day 3 LIVE BLOG

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Afternoon all!
Today the battle for the 35th America’s Cup resumes. Emirates Team New Zealand, the Challenger leads Defender Oracle Team USA 3-0 heading into Race Day 3 of the America’s Cup Finals. Can the New Zealanders finish the job, can the Americans stage a Comeback?
Stick around and find out. The Races will once again be broadcasted on NBC National starting at 1pm ET.
Preview of Race Day 3 here
The LIVE BLOG on the PDog starts Now…..
Daniel G.
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The NY Mets’s will probably be changing faces…

They start off as they usually do….

Strong based on a good crew of pitchers…

But one by one those guys have bit the dust….

Added to the teams problems is their bats have silent, leaving tons of people hanging out on base unable to score…

So coach Terry Collins is probably gonna have to change it up on the Rooster….

The season has officially shifted on the Mets from one that had spring training talk of the World Series to now talk about selling veteran assets at next month’s trade deadline. While it’s not being said out loud, it’s clear it’s time to start over. With a farm system that is thin and veterans that are in their walk-year, they are ready to listen for offers on player like Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce, an industry source confirmed an ESPN report.

They are looking to flip veteran players for prospects to rebuild from the minor leagues up, the industry source confirmed Friday.

“They aren’t out there shopping them yet,” the source said, “but they are open to listening to offers.”

They have to because this season is all but over.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt. (MARK J. TERRILL/AP)

Thursday night, the Mets dropped to 10 games below .500 when they were swept by the Dodgers. They went into Friday night’s game with the Giants 12 games behind the Nationals in the division and 14.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

With three of their starters on the disabled list and Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey not expected back until at least late next month, the idea of a Mets’ turnaround has faded….

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2017 NBA first round Draft picks….

The night of the tall Million Dollar Men….

16  Freshmen picked….

A few players from Europe and Africa….

4 Duke players picked….

The 2017 NBA draft is being held today on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be televised nationally in the U.S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players….

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  1. Markelle Fultz
  2. Lonzo Ball
  3. Jayson Tatum
  4. Josh Jackson
  5. De’Aaron Fox

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College Basketball star Lonzo Ball has a daddy problem…

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Lonzo Ball is going to the ‘League’….National Basketball League…

But he is carrying his dad on his back…

And his dad won’t stop talking….And TALKING …..

Lonzo Ball sat behind a microphone inside a midtown Manhattan hotel Wednesday afternoon, reporters from around the world pointing tape recorders and video cameras in his direction and peppering him with questions. Given how camera-friendly Ball’s father, LaVar, has become in recent months, one could be forgiven for assuming his son would be similarly loquacious.

In the span of about three minutes, however, 16 questions were asked and answered by the former UCLA star. Most of his answers were roughly 10 words or less. All of his responses were polite, offered with a slight smile. The 19-year-old exhibited a polish rarely seen among even seasoned interview subjects — let alone among a room of teenagers on the eve of one of the biggest days of their lives.

Of course, LaVar was a popular topic.

“To tell you the truth? I don’t know,” Ball said with a smile and a shake of his head Wednesday, when asked how many times he’s been asked about his father. “Too many times.

“I’d like it to be [just about basketball]. But, living in reality, probably not.”…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand goes up 3-0 over Oracle Team USA after Day 2

Evening all!
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Have you seen the 2013 America’s Cup? 2017 is sounding awfully familiar maybe even more precarious for the Defender Oracle Team USA.
Emirates Team New Zealand took another 2 wins from 2 Races on Sunday to stretch their lead to 3-0 over the Americans. More importantly: They are now only 4 Wins away from bringing the oldest Trophy in International Sport back to the Sailing-crazy Nation of New Zealand.
Nothing really to be told from the Races on Sunday. The Kiwis just outraced the Americans, quite simple.
Read it all here:
My Thoughts
Unless Spithill & his gang pull another houdini on New Zealand I don’t see how they can win. I think the Cup goes back to New Zealand.
Daniel G.
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